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Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Do you remember where you were six years ago? Usually you would be unable to say where you were with any degree of accuracy. But September 11, 2001 is a day that we remember.

I was at my desk at work when I heard. My brother was up and watching the morning news when he called my parents and told them there was no way this was an accident. My parents called me.

Do you remember how you felt? Were you worried about the other planes? Did you feel rage because you could not act? Did you feel fear because loved ones and friends were in danger? Did you watch in sick horror as you realized that what you were seeing was not debris falling from the Towers, but people choosing to jump? Did you feel pride and thankfulness that on one plane the passengers realized what was going on and acted?

On this day, we should remember that we didn't choose to start this war. One side cannot unilaterally end a war, except by surrendering.

On this day, take time to remember those who died in the attacks, those who died preventing another plane from being used as a weapon, and those who died trying to save lives. On this day, we should take time to remember all those who have died trying to prevent another attack upon this country. On this day, we should take time to thank someone who now voluntarily stands between us and harm's way.

Remember 9/11.

Jean Sexton, Director of Proofreading and Product Professionalization, ADB, Inc.